So man-made climate change is supposed to be this huge problem, right? It's supposedly caused by humans burning fossil fuels, right? To fix it, humans need to urgently and dramatically reduce the use of said fossil fuels, right?
So then can someone explain to me why President Obama is literally flying halfway across the country today in Air Force One(the C-17 carrying his motorcade arrived yesterday) to deliver a speech on overtime and then, 2 1/2 hours later, flying all the way back home? What's the carbon footprint of that not-so-little excursion?
If man-made climate change was really a serious problem the ecowarriors would be freaking out today about Obama's profligate injection of CO2 into the atmosphere simply to deliver a quick speech that could have just as well been delivered at the White House. But they won't, because Obama does this crap all of the time and we hear nary a peep.
And that's because, just like his overtime proposal, the climate change hysteria is all a bunch of bullshit. When phonies like Obama and the rich and famous climate change freaks stop jetting all over the place and learn to love video conferencing I might start believing them.
As for the overtime nonsense, I wrote about that a year ago and here are two points from that:
A reasonable case can be made for adjusting the minimum salary threshold below which an employee cannot be made exempt from receiving overtime. It has been 10 years since that was adjusted and inflation has added up to about 24% during that time. A more radical increase, such as the more than doubling mentioned at the link, would create chaos and probably hurt vastly more employees than it would help. At the same time it would put additional regulatory costs on employers, making less money available for either salaries or profits.
So if/when Obama seeks "to force American businesses to pay more overtime," what is going to happen?
Well, what's not going to happen is a sudden windfall of overtime pay to American workers. Businesses are not going to just shrug and move on, even if they can afford to pay more to their employees. Instead, life is going to get more complicated for everybody.
For affected employees a time card will probably accompany a new and lower hourly base rate. Congratulations! Since most employers are not actually out to screw their employees, an expected amount of overtime will probably go with that to keep compensation at about the same level. Now all they have to worry about is some new boss coming in and the all too familiar "No Overtime!" edict coming down from on high. That's the real world.
Instead of helping workers and forcing companies to pay higher salaries, radical changes to overtime rules are more likely to just make life more complicated for everyone, and could actually result in some of the affected employees making less money than they did before.
For just about everyone involved this will amount to nothing but more bullshit from the incompetent nitwits in Washington DC. Well, that and the puzzlement of the tools who sent the moron there in the first place.